Ramadan is one of the most important festivals for Muslims. They celebrate it with much joy and happiness. The festival also marks the end of the holy month of fasting. This period ends with the 'Eid ka Chand.’ It is the sighting of a beautiful crescent moon that does not appear too often.
‘Eid’ means the day of celebration and Chand means moon. The moon seen on this day is considered to be a rare sighting. An idiom meaning, when someone refers to the other as ‘Eid ka Chand’ it means that the person is difficult to meet. You have maybe known the person for a long time but do not get to meet them easily.
The ninth month in the Islamic Lunar Calendar is Ramadan and the tenth month is Shawwal. The first day in the month of Shawwal is celebrated as Eid-ul-Fitr across the world. This year, the calendar lists Eid ul-Fitr on 12th May. This day is the no-fasting’ day. You celebrate it with family and friends and eat lots of good food.
Eid ka Chand has not yet been sighted in India. But according to the Shahi Imam of Delhi's Fatehpuri Mosque, Dr Mufti Mohd Mukarram Ahmed, the date of Eid ul-Fitr has been said to be May 13-14.
The crescent moon will be first sighted in Saudi Arabia and then the rest of the world celebrates the festival. Generally, Muslims in India celebrate Eid on the second day of the crescent moon sighting in Saudi Arabia.
Indonesia and Malaysia said that the crescent moon was not sighted on Tuesday, so, May 12 will be the last day of Ramadan and Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated on May 13. The Jeddah Association said that the moon is likely to be sighted on Wednesday, May 12 and Eid-ul-Fitr will fall on May 13.